Royal New Zealand Air Force Band
The Royal New Zealand Air Force Band has been a vital unit of the New Zealand Defence Force for more than eighty years. The band in its current form is made up of highly-skilled reservists; with many also performing with other leading ensembles ranging from the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra and Orchestra Wellington to Shapeshifter and the Rodger Fox Big Band.
The band maintains a regular schedule of ceremonial duties in Wellington, including parades to mark the arrival of international dignitaries and Anzac Day services. The bands’ buglers have recently finished servicing the daily Last Post ceremonies at the National War Memorial, commemorating 100 years since the First World War. They played over 1200 Last Posts from Anzac Day 2015 to Armistice Day 2018. Members of the band also provide music at significant commemorations around the world, with recent locations including Turkey, Crete, France and Belgium.
The full-sized 65-strong symphonic band tours to regions around New Zealand every year, as well as giving public concerts, performances in schools, coaching to local music students, and hosting charity events. The band also divides into a range of smaller ensembles, including the popular Jazz Orchestra, a woodwind trio, a dance band, a clarinet quartet, and a range of brass ensembles. These groups are requested for a number of events throughout the year. There is also a growing catalogue of recordings of the band – the most recent releases ‘From the Silver Screen’ and ‘Suites and Moods’ are now available on all digital outlets.